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Top 60 Countdown: No. 22, DE Adewale Ojomo

As we move forward again in the countdown of the Top 60 players at the University of Miami, we take a look at No. 22 on our list: Defensive end Adewale Ojomo. The local product has made a few dumb mistakes off the field early in his career, but he's shown flashes of brilliance on the field, too.

Adewale Ojomo > What we heard about him on Signing Day ‘07: Ojomo was the first player Randy Shannon received a commitment from when he took over for Larry Coker. He convinced the 6-4, 253-pound sophomore from Hialeah High to become UM’s fifth commitment of the 2007 class in January after a senior season in which he tallied 60 tackles, four sacks and four forced fumbles. The cousin of Dolphins linebacker Akin Ayodele, Ojomo wasn’t very highly regarded. He was ranked 28 nationally at his position by Rivals.com, 26th by Scout.com and 47th by SuperPrep. Ojomo picked UM over N.C. State, Pittsburgh, Kentucky and Georgia.

> What he's done as a Cane: After earning Defensive Scout Team MVP honors as he was redshirted his freshman season, Ojomo played in 11 games in 2008, starting in three games and tallying 30 tackles and three sacks. He had plenty of impressive spurts. He had six tackles, 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble against Wake Forest. He also had a few bonehead moments, getting suspended for violating team rules twice (the opener vs. Charleston Southern and UCF). He missed the spring game with a wrist injury.

> What Eye On The U expects from him in '09: If he can stay out of trouble, Ojomo is arguably the best all around defensive end Miami has. He’s fast, athletic athletic and a natural playmaker. Defensive line coach Clint Hurtt said Ojomo’s strength is his run defense and pursuit. If Hurtt and Randy Shannon can keep Ojomo’s head on straight, they’ll definitely have a contributor and starter. If he really takes it seriously, he can be an all-ACC performer. But if Ojomo resorts to being foolish again, he’ll have the same type of season he had last year – where you just see flashes of brilliance and not everything you hope he can be. "His youthfulness tends to show sometimes," Hurtt said back in October. 'But he's a good kid and works extremely hard. Last year, [offensive line] coach [Jeff] Stoutland and [offensive coordinator] Patrick Nix would come to me every day and say, 'Hey, that kid is going to be a stud.' We're starting to see it."

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FIRST!!! LET'S GO CANES!!!

BTW we landed our 10th commitment today--and he's from G-Ville!!!!!

Check out Kevin Nelson MLB here: http://insider.espn.go.com/ncf/recruiting/tracker/player?recruitId=69871&action=login&appRedirect=http://insider.espn.go.com/ncf/recruiting/tracker/player%3frecruitId%3d69871

This from ESPN:
"The Canes have landed a Class of 2010 pledge from ESPNU 150 Watch List linebacker Kevin Nelson, a 6-foot-0, 210-pound standout from Gainesville, Fla.

Nelson chose the Canes over LSU. He was also offered by Arkansas, Florida, Mississippi, Central Florida, Kentucky, South Carolina and Louisville, among others.

Nelson told ESPN affiliate Web site InsideTheU.com, "I called coach Randy Shannon and told him that I want to be the guy along with Futch and Sean Spence and all the other guys that are going to be my Cane brothers. I told him that I wanted to win a National Championship for him and that I am coming to be a Hurricane."

Miami-Florida now has 10 commitments, including six ESPNU 150 Watch List prospects."

HOW BOUT DEM CANES !!!!!!!!

Ojomo is one of my favorite players because he plays hard. No doubt he should be starting, and not losing his reps. Last yr the switching these guys in and out was dumb pick the best 22 and go with it.

Ojomo is one of my favorite players because he plays hard. No doubt he should be starting, and not losing his reps. Last yr the switching these guys in and out was dumb pick the best 22 and go with it.

Posted by: sds522 | July 01, 2009 at 06:10 AM

very true but I have to disagree, because Miami football has always rotated D-Linemen(and every other position for that matter) and normally there isnt a drop off with the past few years being an exception, but Shannon is getting the depth and talent back to where it should be so we can start subing beast for beast again...


like Vilma subing for D. Morgan, Vernon Carey subing for Bryant McKinney, McGahee for Portis,ect,ect...thats Hurricane Football

Ojomo is also one of my personal favorites. My eyes were opened when he was the MVP of the scout team a couple years ago. I didn't expect the performance he gave last year, but I thought he'd be pretty good. If he can improve upon waht he showed us last season he will be one of the Top 5 DEs in the ACC.

Ojomo is pretty solid, he has to be putting in work because the guy looks fit and can fire off the ball really well.

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